Arctic Security Series

Arctic Security Roundtable Washington (2017)

An impression from the Arctic Security Roundtable Washington (Photo: MSC / Kuhlmann).

Several Northern European foreign ministers, among which Timo Soini (Finland) and Børge Brende (Norway), US Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska as well as other experts discussed new security challenges in the Arctic during the MSC Core Group Meeting in Washington, DC, on May 9, 2017.

The MSC Arctic Security Roundtable was hosted jointly with the Wilson Center's Polar Initiative and the Arctic Circle. You can find a brief report here. A few photo impressions are available in the photo album of the MSC Core Group Meeting in Washington.

The next MSC Arctic Security Roundtable will take place in Reykjavík on October 12.

Arctic Security and the MSC

Arctic Security has become a key topic on the international security agenda: Warming at a pace of at least twice the global average, the Arctic is undergoing a dramatic transformation that has far-reaching geopolitical and security implications. The MSC wants to contribute to the emerging debate through a series of events aimed at select decision-makers at the highest levels of government, the private sector and civil society. 


Arctic Security Roundtables

The Arctic Security Roundtables are designed as an exclusive format, taking place at the side-lines of high-level international events around the world. They bring together a select group of international leaders from within the MSC’s global network, including key decision-makers from the respective region. As with other MSC Roundtables, discussions are private and off-the-record, facilitating a frank and open debate. 

The MSC hosted its firsts Arctic Security Roundtables during the Munich Security Conference 2017 and during the MSC Core Group Meeting in Washington in May. The next roundtable is scheduled for October 2017 in Reykjavík, on the sidelines of the Arctic Circle Assembly. 


Other MSC Activities on Arctic Security

With the recent establishment of the MSC Arctic Security track, the topic already played an important role in many of the MSC's activities, including panel discussions and side events at the annual flagship conference in Munich and will continue to do so. Additionally, a chapter in the Munich Security Report 2017 focused on the topic.